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Fallin Vows To Make Education, Health, Prisons A Priority

Jan 14, 2015 | by Lynn Powell

Gov. Mary Fallin is promising to make health, education and criminal justice reform her priorities as she begins a second and final four-year term as Oklahoma’s chief executive.

Gov. Mary Fallin is promising to make health, education and criminal justice reform her priorities as she begins a second and final four-year term as Oklahoma's chief executive.

The 60-year-old governor headlined a chilly swearing-in ceremony Monday on the front steps of the state Capitol with her fellow Republican officeholders. Temperatures were in the low 30s, but gusty winds dropped the wind chill into the teens.

In remarks released ahead of the ceremony, Fallin touted her accomplishments during her first four years in office and charted a course for her second term.

She said her priorities are increasing the number of Oklahomans who receive college degrees or career certificates, improving the state's health and addressing the rising prison population.

Others sworn in are Corporation Commissioner Todd Hiett, Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones, Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Treasurer Ken Miller, schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, Insurance Commissioner John Doak and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb.

The Governor's Inaugural Ball will take place Monday night in downtown Oklahoma City.

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